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Minority Leader accuses Electoral Commission of attempts to disenfranchise Ghanaians in Dec 7 polls
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Minority Leader accuses Electoral Commission of attempts to disenfranchise Ghanaians in Dec 7 polls

Minority leader Haruna Iddrissu has ramped up pressure on the electoral commission (EC), suggesting that the election body’s introduction of constitutional Instrument (CI) 126 to amend CI 91 on public elections will ultimately disenfranchise majority of Ghanaians at the 2020 polls. The Majority leader’s position is in tandem with his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s claim in a presser yesterday that the electoral commission was colluding with the National Identification Authority (NIA) to disenfranchise Ghanaians to the benefit of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) by demanding Ghana cards issued by the NIA and a Ghanaian passport as the base documents for its planned voter registration exercise. This claim was immediately debunked by the NPP in a counter presser wh...
Reject NDC’s fake, baseless conspiracy theories-Peter Mac Manu responds
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Reject NDC’s fake, baseless conspiracy theories-Peter Mac Manu responds

National Campaign Manager of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu, has rejected allegation that it is conspiring to rig the December 7 polls.  He said the NDC is only scared of another defeat in a free and fair election and urged the public to reject the allegation.  The NDC, in an earlier press conference, accused the NPP of consipiring with the Electoral Commission and the National Identification Authority to rig the December 7 polls. In a counter press conference by the NPP shortly afterwards, Mr. Mac Manu said the NPP cannot be part of any conspiracy whatsoever to rig the 2020 elections.  "The NDC has sat together to plan and have finally come out with the details of their fake conspiracy theory against the NPP. A fake conspiracy does not become a credible conspir...
NPP, EC, NIA conspiring to rig December 7 polls-Ofosu Ampofo alleges
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NPP, EC, NIA conspiring to rig December 7 polls-Ofosu Ampofo alleges

The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress Samuel, Ofosu Ampofo, has accused the ruling New Patrotic Party (NPP) of conspiring with the National Identification Authority (NIA) and the Electoral Commission (EC) to rig the December 7 polls. According to Mr. Ofosu Ampofo, "the Jean Mensah-led EC, ably supported by the Ken Attafuah-led NIA are interested in rigging the 2020 general elections for President Akufo-Addo and the ruling NPP through voter suppression in NDC strongholds". He said there is a conspiracy between the EC, NIA and President Akufo Addo to rig the December 7 polls, noting that such conspiracies have plunged many countries into chaos and instability. "We of the NDC do not wish this for our dear country, hence our constant warnings," he said at a press ...
Assembly Members at Ayawaso East Municipal Assembly reject Presiding Members…..MCE suspect partisan politics in elections
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Assembly Members at Ayawaso East Municipal Assembly reject Presiding Members…..MCE suspect partisan politics in elections

  The Ayawaso East Municipal Assembly has rejected two persons vying for the position of the Presiding Member in the area. The two contesting candidates, Mr Umar Sanda Mohammed, the Assemblyman for Nima electoral area and Mr Abu Awuvami, an appointee of the government have all been rejected by the Assembly Members. After two rounds of voting, none was able to secure the required votes of two- thirds ( 2-3). In the first round Mr Mohammed pulled 10 votes whiles Mr Awuvami secured eight votes. The second round Mr Mohammed again secured 10 votes and Mr Amuvami also got eight votes. The Municipal Chief Executive(MCE) of Ayawaso East Assembly, Hajia Salma Mohammed Sani Adams urged the assembly members to unite and elect a Presiding Member to promote the development in th...
Minority Leader hits back at E.C
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Minority Leader hits back at E.C

I have read and listened with utter shock and disappointment, a Press Statement issued by the Electoral Commission and signed by its Acting Director of Public Affairs in response to a Press Conference by the Minority Caucus in Parliament and addressed by the Minority Leader. The E.C. in its Statement alleged that I sought to attack the integrity and mandate of the Commission as well as create an erroneous impression in the minds of the general public on the Commission’s attitude towards the Covid-19 pandemic. The Commission further stated that it had not stated anywhere that it had received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Government as stated by the Minority Leader in the said Press Conference.  For the record, I did indicate at the said Press Conference that I was makin...
Electoral Commission has not yet released any election timetable- Mrs Annoh
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Electoral Commission has not yet released any election timetable- Mrs Annoh

The Electoral Commission (EC) has urged the public, especially its stakeholders to disregard alleged election timetable and letters circulating on social media purported to have emanated from the Commission. A statement signed by Mrs Sylvia Annoh, Acting Director, Public Affairs of EC and copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed said the Commission had its plans set for the compilation of the new Voters Register with a new Voter Management System for the upcoming 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and had not been released yet. It said the Commission was sensitive to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and would abide by the necessary precautions and safety protocols in the execution of its mandate when it deemed appropriate to begin the compilation of the register. ...
Lifting of ban on social gathering is premature-NDC COVID 19 Technical Team tells gov’t
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Lifting of ban on social gathering is premature-NDC COVID 19 Technical Team tells gov’t

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it will be premature for the government to consider lifting the ban on social and public gathering imposed about 2 months ago to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.  The NDC Technical Response Team, in a statement, said “any attempt to lift restrictions on all forms of public gatherings, in our view, is extremely premature and risky at this stage of the virus’ evolution in Ghana. In addition, our borders should also remain closed at this time,” he said.  The statement said the NDC Response Team will continue to remain available to offer sound non partisan advice to government and all Ghanaians in support of the collective fight to defeat COVID 19.  The NDC Technical Team urged the government to maintain and, more ...
Government is failing us- Mahama
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Government is failing us- Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has criticised the manner in which the government is handling the fight against the COVID 19 outbreak in the country. He said from 3,091 COVID 19 cases to 4,012 in just 24 hours is a clear indication that the government is failing Ghanaians. "Fear gripped many homes last night when the latest confirmed cases were released. And that is understandable" the former President said in a post on his Facebook page. Former President Mahama urged the public to protect themselves, wash their hands regularly with soap and under running water. "If you have to go out for any reason including work, wear your mask, take along a hand sanitizer, and always disinfect commonly used and touched surfaces" he said. The former President urged the public to alwa...
Adongo should apologize to Senior Minister—Carlos Ahenkorah
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Adongo should apologize to Senior Minister—Carlos Ahenkorah

The Deputy Minister, who is also the MP for Tema West and a member of the Joint Inter-Ministerial Committee that saw the implementation of the new system, said that holding Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo responsible for what happened at the Tema Port last Tuesday would be unfortunate and a calculated attempt to malign “an honest politician who is respected by both sides of the House.” The Deputy Minister explained that the newly signed trade facilitation agreement between the Ministry of Trade and Industry and South Korea Customs UNIPASS International Agency (CUPIA)/Ghana Link was a government decision. Furtherance to that, the Tema West MP informed that Cabinet set up a Joint Inter-Ministerial Oversight Committee (JIMOC) chaired by the Senior Minister to oversee the implementation of the ICUMS...
Carlos Ahenkorah calls on former President Mahama to table his policies
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Carlos Ahenkorah calls on former President Mahama to table his policies

Deputy Trade Minister and Member of Parliament for Tema West, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, has  challenged former President Mahama to come out with his policies and stop criticising without alternatives. He said although government would continue to welcome criticisms,  they would however not accept criticisms that were without alternative suggestions.  “The evidence is a daily reality for us. When President Akufo-Addo was in opposition, he came up with the ground breaking policies including Free SHS, one village one dam, One district one factory and Planting for Food and Jobs. Mr. Mahama is also in opposition now, what groundbreaking policies has he been able to bring to the table? None,” Carlos Ahenkorah said. In a statement copied to Ghana News Express in Accra on Friday, Mr Ahe...